U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture

Cindy McCain

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture

The Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture is focused on ending global hunger and expanding access to quality foods worldwide.

Cindy Hensley McCain is a humanitarian and businesswoman, who currently serves as Chairman and Director of the Hensley Beverage Company.  She chairs the Board of Trustees of the McCain Institute, in addition to being a member of the Human Trafficking Council

Past statements on development, diplomacy, and U.S. global leadership:

On U.S. Leadership: In a speech at the Republican Convention, McCain expressed, “I was taught Americans can look at the world and ask either: What do other countries think of us … or we can look at ourselves and ask: What would our forefathers make of us and what will our children say of us? That’s a big challenge. In living up to it, we know the security and prosperity of our nation is about a lot more than just politics.” (Source)

On Global Food Security:  In discussing her nomination McCain stated, “The United States has long been a leader in the fight against hunger and malnutrition worldwide, I care deeply about the effectiveness and capacity of the Rome-based food agencies to tackle these challenges. My work at the Institute has shown me the power of committed action to mobilize action for change to benefit the world’s most vulnerable.” (Source)

On Bipartisanship: McCain asserted the importance of bipartisanship in an interview stating, “Civility has got to be brought back into politics. It has to be. Working across the aisle. Being people that can agree to disagree on many tough subjects. But do it for the good of the country, not for the good of themselves, and that is really where we are at. That is the bottom line of where we need to be today. And I think both parties are struggling with that a little bit.” (Source)

On Human Trafficking:  During an interview discussing her humanitarian work, McCain explained, “Human trafficking is not a foreign issue. It is a foreign issue, but it’s very much a domestic issue. We estimate the numbers being upwards of 350,000 kids, minors that are trafficked every year domestically within the borders of the United States of America. This is an epidemic, and it’s also something that we thought that we had to be a part of the policy making and how we can work on the statutes of the various laws within states and most importantly, in the state of Arizona.” (Source)

On Migration and Violence: While visiting an International Rescue Committee center, McCain explained, “I made a special effort to go down to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras. The violence these people are fleeing is not only real, it’s devastating. They’re fleeing for their lives. Turning our backs on them is un-American, in my opinion. I think we need to do way more than what we are doing.… I also think that that human dignity is the basis of why we’re here.” (Source)

On Women: In an interview McCain expressed, “The strength of women and women’s rights around the world are especially important because that affects children and families. And the cascade effect is remarkable.” (Source)